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With more than 4,000 species identified, consumers around the world are going to encounter cockroaches. Unfortunately, the pest poses a handful of problems because they’re dangerous, destructive, and hideous. Once cockroaches have entered your residence, it is pertinent to do something about them. Otherwise, they’re going to reproduce, spread, and create a bigger problem in your home. It is essential to learn more about the cockroaches that you’re dealing with. You can achieve this goal by reading more about the common cockroach species in our area.

Common Cockroaches Here

You must remember that specific cockroach species are found in our area. Others are not.

German Roaches

The German cockroach is likely one of the most common species in our area. If you have a cockroach infestation, there is a good chance you have German cockroaches. They sometimes reach more than half an inch in length. They’re tan or light brown with a unique pair of racing stripes on the back of their heads. A female can easily produce egg capsules with more than 40 eggs in them. Get rid of them quickly or the infestation will continue getting bigger.

American Roaches

You’ll also likely run into American cockroaches. These pests can grow up to two inches in length. They’re reddish-brown. It doesn’t help that these hideous cockroaches can fly. Thankfully, they usually don’t infest residential structures. If they do, it’ll take a long time before the infestation severely worsens. Instead, these pests tend to stay outside around warm, wet areas. For instance, we regularly find them around sewer pipes and steam tunnels. If you have found these cockroaches around your property, you might have a broken plumbing pipe or trap.

Other cockroaches found in our area will be explored in greater depth below. They include Surinam cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and oriental cockroaches.

Pennsylvania Wood Roaches

Although they belong to the same species, females and males are much different. While males tend to have full wings, females do not. Plus, male Pennsylvania wood roaches are larger than their female counterparts. These cockroaches are primarily found in the Eastern portion of the United States. You might find them in our areas from time to time. They tend to fly toward lights at night. They’ll also be found around homes with wood siding, blocked gutters, and woodpiles.

Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches

These cockroaches are smaller than most since they only reach a third of an inch in length. They invaded the United States from Europe many years ago. Since they reached North America, their population has been increasing swiftly. They’re regularly found hiding in foliage outside homes. They can sometimes enter residential structures although they usually do not reproduce inside. Instead, they’ll fly toward your home’s lights in the middle of the night.

Oriental Roaches

Oriental cockroaches are larger than the other cockroaches in our area. They often grow over an inch so they’re bigger than spotted Mediterranean cockroaches. However, it should be noted that the appearance is drastically different from male to female. Females will never develop wings. Male cockroaches do although the wings are only three-quarters of their bodies. These cockroaches are cold-hardy. Therefore, you’ll likely find them hanging around your property in winter. They’ll feed on feces and garbage.

Smokeybrown Roaches

Smokeybrown roaches grow over an inch with some reaching an inch and a half. They’re reddish-brown. Most are found in the southern portion of the United States. They can also be found in other states. From time to time, they’ll travel around the country in shipping containers. There are a few differences between Smokeybrown roaches and oriental cockroaches.

Surinam Cockroaches

At three-quarters of an inch, the Surinam cockroach is smaller than others in our area. It is in the middle of the table. They prefer living in warmer areas so they’re not going to be found in the northern part of the United States. These cockroaches are unique because there are no male members. All Surinam cockroaches are female. To reproduce, the female cockroaches will hold eggs internally before giving live birth when the egg hatches.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches

Finally, you may encounter brown-banded cockroaches. At half an inch, they’re smaller than others. They’re light-brown or tan. While they have a lot in common with German cockroaches, they do not have racing stripes.

Reasons For Cockroaches

Since there are numerous cockroach species, there are numerous reasons they’ll invade your home. In some cases, these pests are going to enter your home because you haven’t cleaned it thoroughly. However, poor housekeeping isn’t the only issue. Cockroaches can also invade properties due to broken sewer pipes, damaged plumbing traps, and overflowing gutters.


You cannot ignore the potential dangers linked to cockroaches. These pests can be very dangerous. While they don’t sting, bite, or inject venom, they’re one of the most dangerous cockroaches in our area. Remember that cockroaches tend to crawl around in feces and trash. Therefore, there is a risk that they’re going to be covered in bacteria when they crawl onto your food. As this happens, your food might become contaminated. Unfortunately, this could lead to someone in your home getting sick. You’ll also find that cockroaches can make your asthma symptoms much worse. Get rid of them or you might experience a nasty case of food poisoning.

Eliminating Techniques

Find a suitable elimination technique as quickly as possible. Some methods are safer and more effective than others. One of the most dangerous ways to eliminate cockroaches is by using DIY methods. With this in mind, we recommend teaming up with a professional. Doing so is the best way to handle the problem without exposing your loved ones to dangerous chemicals. Cockroaches are difficult to eliminate. When you let us handle it, you can rest assured knowing it’ll be taken care of swiftly and safely. Our skilled exterminators will use the latest EPA-registered products to rectify the problem. Doing so ensures that you’re going to be safe.

Arrival Times

We always strive to arrive quickly. Once you’ve called us, you should hear from our representative within 24 to 48 hours.

Always Safe Treatments

We’re serious about protecting our clients. If you’re worried about using dangerous methods, you shouldn’t be. Instead, you should pick up your phone and call our office. We’ll use the latest methods and techniques to remove the cockroaches from your home. We only use products approved by the EPA because they’re safe, reliable, and efficient. These products aren’t going to hurt you, your loved ones, your pets, or your plants.

Preventing Invasions Of Cockroaches

Unfortunately, eliminating cockroaches will prove to be difficult. Therefore, you should do your best to keep these pests out of your home. If you can do this, you won’t have to hire an exterminator to clear out your home. With this in mind, you should keep your home clean and tidy. Store food in durable, tough containers. Follow these steps to ensure that cockroaches can’t find food in your home.

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